Gail L. Warden Leadership
Excellence Award

This well-known annual celebration, hosted by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, acknowledges the profound impact of an individual in the healthcare industry.

About the Event

Information about the 2023 event will be shared soon. Stay tuned! 

Award Nominations

The 2023 award nomination process is slated to open in early April 2023. 

The 2022 Event

In 2022, the event was hosted along the shore of Lake Michigan at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. During the evening guests connected with more than 250 event attendees from the healthcare ecosystem, all equally committed to advancing the mission of NCHL and honoring the profound impact of the 2022 awardee who has made significant and lasting leadership contributions to the health and healthcare field.

2022 Award Winner

EUGENE A. WOODS, M.B.A., M.H.A., FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health, was named NCHL’s 2022 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award recipient.

History and Previous Award Winners

Since 2005, on an annual basis, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership presents this award to honor a healthcare leader whose commitment, values, and contributions have improved the health of the public through leadership and organizational excellence. The Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made significant and lasting leadership contributions to the health and healthcare field. 

2022 Sponsors

Event Registration

Registration for the 2023 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award Celebration will open in early summer 2023.  If you have any questions about this, please contact  

Attend and Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities will be available in late spring.  With an abundance of personalized options, sponsorship levels are expected to have a broad range. Sponsorship of this event will include reserved seating, visibility through one-of-a-kind brand activation opportunities, reception networking, and shared celebration. 


We expect many exclusive opportunities to sell out, so you are encouraged to sponsor early. For more information or to make sure you are one of the first contacts to receive the prospectus upon release,  please contact Meghan Nousaine at

2023 Selection Committee

  • Jill Schwieters, NCHL Board chair; Senior Managing Director, Surgical Directions
  • Al Faber, President and CEO, Baldrige Foundation
  • Richard “Chip” Davis, PhD
    CEO, Rochester Regional Health and NCHL Board member
  • David Ertel, Chief Financial Officer
    Vizient, Inc. and NCHL Board member
  • Rod Hochman, MD, President and CEO
    Providence Health System and 2019 GLW award recipient
  • Jessica Melton, CEO, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and NCHL Board member
  • Marna Borgstrom, Retired CEO, Yale New Haven Health
  • Maureen Bisognano, President Emerita and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and 2021 GLW award recipient
  • Tom Priselac, President and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System
  • Bob Riney, CEO, Henry Ford Health System
  • Eugene Woods, CEO, Advocate Health and 2022 GLW award recipient